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Module Overview

Talking with Families About Concerns

ID Early for ASD

This module prepares early childhood professionals to use a family centered approach when talking with families about developmental concerns, consider how to prepare for these conversations, and identify potential resources and strategies to assist with sharing developmental concerns related to ASD utilizing a combination of video, research articles, and online resources.

Designed for Early Intervention professionals, this module is part of a broader series that offers information and resources on critical elements promoting the earlier identification of autism. Learners are encouraged to complete the Indicators for ASD and Tools to Assist with Early ID module before starting this training in the series.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize strategies and best practices for talking to families about concerns
  • Describe the importance of preparing for difficult conversations
  • Identify resources and strategies to assist conversations
Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

Module Developers:

Jessica E. A. Foster, MD, MPH, FAAP, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and Maggie Gons, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Module Content

You can download a document that includes all content from the module, with the exception of videos. This resource can support your learning while completing the module or be saved for future reference.

Reflection Questions

The Reflection Questions document can be downloaded at any time and used in a variety of ways. You can view it before starting your work so that you know which questions will be asked in the videos and/or on the webpages. You can also access it at the end of your work so that you can see all your responses to the questions. This tool can be helpful for documenting your learning and referring to later or for sharing it with others in group discussions or as demonstration of your online progress.


This module is eligible for two (2) unit hours in the areas of EI developmental specialist/supervisor and EI service coordinator/supervisor as approved by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).


Table of Contents

Locked Pre-Assessment Locked Chapter 1: Development as an Individual Journey Locked Chapter 2: Using a Strengths-Based Approach to Development Locked Chapter 3: Preparing for Discussions with Families Locked Chapter 4: Conversations with Families Locked Chapter 5: Partnering with Families Locked Module Summary Locked References Locked Post-Assessment Locked Survey